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Top 5 Things CSUF Freshmen Need to Know

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Pssst, freshmen … Want to know what you can do to get a higher GPA and succeed in your first semester at California State University, Fullerton?  Use the Pollak Library!  Research shows that first-year students who use the library and its resources do better academically and increase their chances for graduation. [1]

Take a minute to view the Pollak Library’s Top Five Recommended resources for freshman and get ahead now!


Also, explore around in the databases below.  You’ll find excellent and reputable information for your research papers and projects.

Academic Search Premier — Academic Search Premier is a good place to start research.  In it, you will find articles and other sources covering a wide range of topics, including science, art, education, humanities, law, social science, business and technology.

Opposing Viewpoints — Have to write a persuasive paper on a controversial topic?  Need to gather pro/con information on an issue?  Opposing Viewpoints covers a wide range of controversial topics.  Sources include magazines, newspaper or journal articles, and primary sources.

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center — Comprehensive descriptions of careers including salaries, employment and advancement prospects, education and training, experience and skills needed.

Ebooks — Ebooks are available on a wide range of subjects, and we have thousands and thousands!  Plus, they are accessible remotely.

Streaming Video — Pollak Library offers thousands of hours of streaming video.  Watch a new film today!

24/7 Research Help — Click to chat with a librarian at any time of the day or night, 24/7.  We’re here to help you.


[1] Tewell, E. C. (2015). Use of library services can be associated with a positive effect on first-
year students’ GPA and retention. Evidence Based Library & Information Practice, 10(1), 79-81. doi: 10.1016/j.acalib.2013.12.002

The followings librarians collaborated on this post:

  • Lettycia Terrones, Education Librarian
  • Joy Lambert, Outreach Librarian
  • Lindsay O’Neill, Instructional Design Librarian